It’s inevitable; we’re getting older every day! But this is no reason to feel down because in 10 simple steps you can defy your age and look and feel years younger that you really are.
- Avoid processed food
Refined sugar, frozen dinners and artificial sweeteners are examples of processed food that many of us eat, without knowing just how detrimental they are to our health and that they fuel the ageing process. While they may be convenient to eat, rather adopt a diet full of fresh, simple produce.
- Stay hydrated
Water keeps your internal organs hydrated and working optimally. It flushes out toxins, supports bowel health and lubricates joints. Drink between 2-3 litres of water daily to restore your skin’s elasticity and keep it looking bright, plump and young.
- Exercise regularly
The benefits of regular exercise are numerous. Not only does it help you immune system stay healthy and strong in order to better fight illness, but it also assists in preventing chronic diseases. Get into a good exercise habit by doing an exercise that you enjoy.
- Get enough sleep
While no one wants heavy bags under their eyes, lack of sleep also affects your hormone balance and can increase blood pressure. Ensure you get enough rest to keep your youthful glow and prolong your life, by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
- Stress less
Everyone gets stressed but it’s important to manage it effectively. High, prolonged levels of stress can lead to life-threatening diseases and decreased immunity, as well as accelerating the ageing process. Relax or meditate every day so that you reduce stress, anger and anxiety.
- Sun damage
The sun plays a large role in causing skin to age prematurely. Wrinkles, pigmentation and reduced elasticity are common factors of UV exposure. To protect your skin apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, before you leave home. As an extra precaution you should also wear a hat.
- Go natural
Any product that you apply to your skin will be absorbed, so read the ingredient list on your skincare products with care. Avoid using brands that contain preservatives like parabens, as these have been linked to a wide range of health problems and they age your skin at a quicker rate.
Free radicals damage living cells, leech vital minerals and they are one of the main causes of skin ageing. Potent antioxidants like vitamin A, C, E and beta-carotene all fight free radicals and help to repair damaged cells and protect the skin from damage.
- Good fats
Avocados, olive oil, nuts and oily fish are examples of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids that should form part of your diet. They protect your skin from damage, combat inflammation, balance hormones, lubricate the skin internally and protect your heart.
- Anti-ageing supplements
Take an All Omega supplement to help the normal functioning of your body’s metabolic, growth and renewal processes, and drink Aloe Vera and Green Tea to protect your skin from free radicals. Ginko B&Z assists in retarding the ageing process, while Lecithin has regenerative properties and Co-Enzyme is said to be more powerful as an antioxidant than vitamin E.
You can’t stop the march of time but you can age naturally and gracefully. Follow these simple but effective lifestyle changes – combined with your House of Health anti-ageing supplements – and you’ll look younger, for longer.